It's a small, old building with four stories. The post didn't specify which unit the bedbugs were in. They left the comment a week ago. I find the report credible - I have noticed a few mattresses cast out on the curb lately, and recently the guys in the next house over discarded an armoire with a "Warning, bedbugs" sticker on it. The author writes that the landlord has not been taking the infestation seriously ("won't pay for professional treatment") - and based on my past interactions with the landlord, I have no trouble believing that.
I'm moving out on Sept 1st. I'm reasonably sure I don't have them yet - I haven't noticed any bites, and neither has my live-in boyfriend. So:
1) Given that the bedbugs have only a two-week period in which to infest my stuff, how worried/vigilant do I need to be? How fast can the motherfuckers multiply, spread, and move through an apartment building?
2) I'm going to do the diatomaceous earth and caulk regimen recommended here.
Are there other ways to keep nearby bedbugs out? (I would detonate a DDT bomb if I could.)
3) The landlord is coming by tomorrow to show the place to prospective tenants. When they're done, I want to take him aside discreetly, ask him about the rumour, and (attempt to) convince him to hire a professional exterminator. I am not hopeful, but I want to maximize the odds of success. As a landlord, he is diligent, responsible, and no-nonsense - but only when his own bottom line is at stake. When it comes to the concerns of his tenants, he is completely apathetic. Therefore, appeals to his own self-interest seem like the best possible tactic. Any suggestions on what I should say?